Chicago Bears Sign QB Zac Dysert


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The Chicago Bears made two minor roster moves today signing QB Zac Dysert, who was released by the Broncos earlier this week, and releasing undrafted rookie QB Shane Carden. Dysert was a 7th round pick of the Broncos back in 2013. He starred at Miami (OH) where he broke most of Ben Roethlisberger‘s passing records. Dysert has spent most of the last two seasons on the practice squad as the Broncos 3rd string QB behind Peyton Manning and Brock Osweiler. He has yet to take a snap in an NFL game but has gotten plenty of preseason experience the last few years.

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Both HC John Fox and OC Adam Gase are familiar with Dysert from their time in Denver and it’s possible they like what he brings to the table as a backup better than QB David Fales. Or he could just be added depth for Thursday’s game with the Browns as primary backup Jimmy Clausen is dealing with a concussion and Dysert should be more familiar with Gase’s scheme than most free agent QBs. Since Fales is a holdover from the Emery regime, I’m guessing that the signing of Dysert doesn’t bode well for Fales chances to make the Bears roster this season.

Dysert has decent size for a QB at 6’3, 231 pounds and the scouting report on him coming out of college was that he was tough, with a good enough arm to make all the NFL throws. A few scouting reports labeled Dysert a poor man’s Roethlisberger with similar traits but less impressive across the board. The fact that Dysert has had two years experience practicing behind Peyton Manning should have helped his development and I’m looking forward to seeing what Dysert can do with the Bears.

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